Shades of the Past Hot Rod Roundup 2018

The 36th Annual Shades of the Past Hot Rod Roundup happens at Dollywood’s Splash Country Friday and Saturday, September 7-8, 2018. This event takes place each year on the first weekend after Labor Day, and is always a big hit.

Images courtesy of Shades of the Past

This is the show that makes you want a classic car of your own – over 200 gleaming paint jobs to gaze at, with awards in multiple categories, and some very  special prizes. The show’s second prize is $10,000 – so what could be the 1st Prize? As always, it’s a ’32 Ford Hi-Boy Roadster – one of the most highly regarded of the many legendary classic cars of America.

The event is very family-friendly, with no alcohol allowed. There are indoor restrooms and lots of parking. There are scooters to rent if getting around the grounds is a problem. You can also park free in Pigeon Forge and take the trolley out for a very low fare.

The show will be open from 8 am – 5 pm, Friday and Saturday. Spectator admission is $10 per person each day, and children under 12 are free.


  • Free parking is available in the Pigeon Forge parking lot located on Teaster Ln. Trolleys to and from spectator Gate #2 will be running during show hours and the cost Is 50 cents/per person each way.
  • Free parking will be available on Veterans Boulevard (15 acres). Free buses will be provided to and from gate #1.
  • Parking will also be available at Dollywood Lot “F” for $15 per car/per day. Trams will take you to and from the spectator Gate #2 at no charge during the show.

For more information see the Shades of the Past website.


About Tony Perez

I'm a people person, and I enjoy the atmosphere that working with Cabins Of The Smoky Mountains entails, interacting with different types of people and trying to relate to each one uniquely. From Michigan originally, I've been coming to the Smoky Mountains since I was a child, with family in Wears Valley. Summer fun for me is exploring the Cades Cove area, swimming in the creeks, and hiking Mount LeConte and many other trails. I love the Smoky Mountains.